bird of passage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bird of passage any bird that migrates seasonally
    • n bird of passage someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bird of passage a migratory bird.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bird of passage a bird that passes from one climate to another at the change of the seasons
    • ***

Usage

In literature:

Instead of canoes gliding up and down the Saskatchewan like birds of passage, reign a silence and solitude as of the dead.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
You thought the bird of passage, he come not back at all!
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
Will you come with us and be a bird of passage?
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
And we were birds of passage, mother and I; always moving about.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
For most of the time, however, both sisters were birds of passage.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Will you go with us, and become a bird of passage?
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
As for his behaviour in the snare with the underground passage, any other bird, impassioned of the light, would do the same.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Will you go with us, and become a bird of passage?
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
And then I too, like a bird of passage that has alighted for a moment in some sheltered garden-ground, must needs go on my way.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
They were beautiful, like birds, and their silent passage impressed him like a strain of song.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
***

In poetry:

Let's mar our plesant days no more,
Song-birds of passage, days of youth:
Catch at today, forget the days before:
I'll wink at your untruth.
"No, Thank You John" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Pilgrims and strangers are we in our praying,
But birds of passage to a brighter shore;
Yet build our nests as if for ever staying,
We and our treasures, here for evermore
"Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People" by Nora Pembroke
But ah! Man's youth once o'er, is ever o'er,
And with the season all its transports fly;
Like birds of passage, seek a warmer shore,
And bask and flutter in a brighter sky.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
The birds of passage southward turn their wing,
Where warmth of clime and verdure e'er remain;
Farewell, ye happy birds! farewell till spring,
In vernal freshness clad, shall come again!
"Autumn" by George Hannibal Temple
Far, far away, over land and sea,
When Winter comes with his cold, cold breath,
And chills the flowers to the sleep of death,
Far, far away over land and sea,
Like a band of spirits the Passage-birds flee.
"The Passage-Birds" by Walter Richard Cassels
The grass, the very wilderness
On either side, breathed rapture of
Her passage: 'twas her hand or dress
That touched some tree--a slight caress--
That made the wood-birds sing above;
Her step that made the flowers up-press.
"Meeting In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

BIRDS OF PASSAGE By Robert Solé.
***